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Three-dimensional endoluminal ultrasound: a new method for the evaluation of gastrointestinal tumors

Item Type:Article
Title:Three-dimensional endoluminal ultrasound: a new method for the evaluation of gastrointestinal tumors
Creators Name:Huenerbein, M. and Ghadimi, B.M. and Gretschel, S. and Schlag, P.M.
Abstract:Background: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of three-dimensional endoluminal ultrasound of gastrointestinal tumors. Methods: Sixteen patients with esophageal, gastric, or colorectal tumors underwent endoscopic ultrasound. Three-dimensional ultrasound data were obtained from multiple serial images of a miniprobe (360°, 12.5 MHz) and processed on a PC-based 3D workstation. Results: Adequate three-dimensional ultrasound scans were obtained in eight patients with esophageal cancer and five patients with colorectal cancer. Three-dimensional image processing enabled visualization of the data as a multiplanar display or as a life-like three-dimensional view. The availability of arbitrary scan planes improved the assessment of local tumor spread and the spatial relation of the tumor to relevant adjacent structures (e.g., major vessels). Three-dimensional presentations provided realistic views of the anatomy and facilitated the interpretation of the ultrasound images. Conclusions: Three-dimensional display and the ability to review endoluminal ultrasound data interactively may improve the staging of gastrointestinal tumors. These preliminary data encourage further evaluation of this technique.
Keywords:Endoscopic Ultrasound, Three-Dimensional Imaging, Esophageal Cancer, Tumor Staging, Colorectal Cancer
Source:Abdominal Imaging
Publisher:Springer (U.S.A.)
Page Range:445-448
Date:September 1999
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1007/s002619900536
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